In defense of the Anglophones

December 27, 2017  Declaration made to the Criminal Court in Yaoundé  Your Honor, Thank you for allowing me to address the court at this historic moment when writing is on trial. The…

Was Juan Goytisolo really an anti-orientalist?

On June 5 last year, the Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo was buried in the Spanish cemetery of Larache in northern Morocco, his tomb overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and right next to that of Jean Genet. Spanish and Moroccan officials, and…

What we know about Trump’s policy aims in Africa

Save for President Donald Trump’s outbursts about “shithole” countries, telling African leaders at a United Nations luncheon that he has many friends going to the continent to “get rich” or when the deaths of…

The art of community in Haiti’s Carnival

Hundreds of people wearing a colorful and vibrant display of elaborate masks depicting animals, women and voodoo figures, the vibrant work of this city’s renowned artisans, took over the streets of Jacmel on Sunday,…

The water point 

A row of cars, wheels half-hanging from the pavement, has become a fixture on this once-quiet, treed road. The chain of vehicles stretches up the hill, as bodies shuffle from the water point,…

Deliver us from cholera

At the beginning of last October, the Zambian Ministry of Health declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Lusaka, many did not anticipate that come January 2018 the country would have a full blown epidemic to contend…

The making of a film empire

Short introductions are all the rage in scholarly publishing these days, and it’s easy to see why. Relatively inexpensive and readable in a single sitting, these downsized monographs, which can easily fit…